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Programs 4 People - Invisible Disabilities Association

Programs 4 People is provided by IDA

This page provides online access to a number of resources, programs and services from private, non-profit and governmental agencies for people living with debilitating conditions. 

Americans with Disabilities Act

ADA Basics: ADA Title I: Employment / ADA Title II: State & Local Entities / ADA Title III: Public Accommodations (stores, common areas) / ADA Title IV: Telecommunication.

ADA Helpline 1-800-949-4232

Americans with Disabilities Act Information and Assistance Hotline 1-800-514-0301, International 1-202-541-0301

ADA Guide

ADA Homepage

ADA National Network

ADA Hot Links and Document Center

The Americans Disabilities Act of 1990, Title I and V

ADA Centers

Information and Technical Assistance on the ADA

Assistance Animal Information


Assessing a Request to Have an Animal Under Fair Housing Act 2020

Assistance Animals from

Assistance Dogs International

Fact Sheet on Hud’s Assistance Animals Notice 2020

HUD Charges Housing Providers With Discrimination 2021 

Overview of Assistance Animals in Housing 2019

Reasonable Accommodations Under the Fair Housing Act- Dept of Justice 2004

Service and Assistance Animals for People with Disabilities in Housing 2013


SERVICE ANIMAL REVISION: “Service animal” definition changed to dogs only (with exception of mini-horses under specific conditions). Final rule published in the Federal Register 9/15/2010, which went into effect 3/15/2011. More information:NEW ADA Revisions Limit “Service Animals” to DogsHow was the definition of “service animal” changed July 23, 2010? •Title II Fact Sheet •Text of Revised Title II RegulationFinal Rule for Title IIITitle III Fact SheetText of Revised Title III Regulation 2011 Revised Service Animal Definitions and Rules

ADA Business Brief: Service Animals

ADA Definition of the Term Disability

ADA Act of 1990, Titles I and V

2011 ADA Service Animal Definitions and Rules

ADA Guide ADA Helpline 1-800-949-4232

Air Carrier Access Act

American’s Vet Dogs

Belle the Beagle Honored for Saving the Day

Commonly asked questions about service animals in places of business

Comprehensive Resource List for PTSD Veterans and Service Dogs

Dogs chase nightmares of war away

Dogs for Invisible Disabilities

Dogs go the distance: Program provides service to veterans with PTSD

Guide Dog Foundation 

The Human-Animal Health Connection

International Guide Dog Federation

Model (Sample) State Law

No Dogs Allowed? Federal Policies on Access for Service Animals

Psychiatric Service Dog Partners

Service Animals and Assistance Animals for People with Disabilities in Housing and HUD-Funded Programs

Service Dog Central

Service Dogs by Dee

Settlement Agreement for Motel Regarding Service Animals

Veterans, PTSD and Psychiatric Service Dogs

What is the Difference Between Support Animals and Service Animals? People: Pets 

What Makes An Animal More Than Just A Pet? Service Animals Assist People with Many Types of Disabilities. Learn the difference between Service Dogs, Therapy Animals and Emotional Support Animals.

Woman with Cryoglobulinemia and Her Service Dog Bring Hope to Others

What is a Service Dog?

What is a Psychiatric Service Dog?

What is a Mobility Assistance Dog?

What is a Seizure Response Dog?

Crisis Resources

If you feel you or someone else is in danger or you are having a medical emergency, please call 911 immediately.

Suicidal Thoughts and Depression:

Suicide Awareness and Loss:

Children and Teens:

Emergency Preparedness:


Substance Abuse:

  • Alcohol Abuse and Crisis Intervention: 800-234-0246
  • Al-Anon 1-888-4AL-ANON (1-888-425-2666)
  • National Drug Information Treatment and Referral Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (41-800-662357)
  • United Kingdom: Drinkline, the National Alcoholism Helpline: 0800 917 8282


Fair Housing Act

Help Resources – Medication Assistance

If you cannot afford your medications, you may want to contact the drug manufacturer to see if they can assist you! There are also several other Foundations for Medication and Co-Pay Assistance below: 

CancerCare 866-55-COPAY

Good Days 877-968-7233

Healthwell Foundation 800-675-8416

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 800-955-4572

National Organization for Rare Disorders 800-999-6673

Needy Meds 800-503-6897

Patient Access Network Foundation 866-316-7263

Patient Advocate Foundation 800-532-5274

Patient Services Inc. 800-366-7741

The Assistance Fund 855-845-3663

Help Agencies – National, Federal & State

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Benefit Finder by Official government benefits website. It is a free, confidential tool that helps individuals find government benefits they may be eligible to receive.

Benefits for Children with Disabilities by the Social Security Administration

Disability Rights in Housing

E-Gov. The official U.S. gateway to all government information. Phone: 1 800 FED-INFO

Eldercare Locator. The service links those who need assistance with state and local area agencies on aging and community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers.

Employment Network Directory. List of companies hiring people with disabilities. Many of these companies work with The Ticket to Work Program and people on disability benefits. Many of the jobs are work at home.

The Fair Housing Act. The Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. 3601 et seq., prohibits discrimination by direct providers of housing, such as landlords and real estate companies as well as other entities, such as municipalities, banks or other lending institutions and homeowners insurance companies whose discriminatory practices make housing unavailable to persons because of: race or color; religion; sex; national origin; familial status or disability.

Food Pantry Locator. Ample Harvest provides a search engine to help locate a Food Pantry in your area (not all government based).

Grants and Funding Resources from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Head Start (Provides educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to economically disadvantaged children). Take health care into your own hands, explore insurance coverage options and learn about how the Affordable Care Act impacts you. Find information for individuals, families, senior citizens, people with disabilities, young adults and employers. Provides links to selected online publications, clearinghouses, databases, websites and support and self-help groups, as well as government agencies and nonprofit organizations for seniors and others.

Home and Community Based Services Waiver. Long Medicaid now pays for a comprehensive range of home and community services that provide alternatives to unnecessary institutional care. Contact your State Medicaid Single Entry Point (SEP) Agencies.

Housing Information for Disabled Persons

HUD Housing Programs. Site provides information related to housing options for seniors including information on HUD housing programs. Disability Rights and Resources.

HRSA – Health Resources and Services Administration. Low Cost Health Care. Find a Health Care Center. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Site contains information on the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which can assist with heating bills.

Medicare Programs

The National Council on Independent Living. Independent Living Centers are typically non-residential, private, non-profit, consumer-controlled, community-based organizations providing services and advocacy by and for persons with all types of disabilities. Their goal is to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential within their families and communities.

National Council on Disability – Health Care

National Institute on Aging. Site provides aging-related health information easily assessable for adults 60 and over.

National Institutes of Health by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

NIH SeniorHealth by the National Institutes of Health.

Nutrition Assistance Programs

Public Health Emergency Information. Public Health and Medical Emergency Support for a Nation Prepared.

SNAP to Health (Food Stamp Program). Eligibility and application information.

The Social Security Administration. SSI and SSDI benefits. Toll-free number operates from 7AM to 7PM, Monday to Friday. Recorded information and services are available 24 hours a day. The website contains a wealth of information and resources including on-line databases and publications. Phone: 1-800-772-1213

State Disability and Health Programs

State Health & Human Services List from Healthfinder.

State Independent Living Centers. Information and referral services and other advocacy and support programs, such as help with employment, housing and transportation needs.

Supplemental Nutrition assistance Program (SNAP)

Supporting Military Families by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

The Ticket to Work Program offered by the Social Security Administration

U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. Resources (Military Families, Health, Financial Assistance, Health Insurance, Safety).  Contact your county for a Social Worker to help guide you through governmental programs, funding resources, food stamps, utilities, housing credits and more – Office Locator.

U.S. General Services Administration – Resources for Americans with Disabilities

The Weatherization Assistance Program. Offered by the U.S. Department of Energy to help with insulation, windows, sealing of the home. 

Help Resources – Private and Non-Profit

2-1-1 Information and Referral. In 2005, 2-1-1 service expanded to reach 46% of the United States population, covering 36 states. While services that are offered through this three-digit telephone number vary from community to community, 2-1-1 (a partnership of United Way and AIRS, the Alliance for Information and Referral Systems) provides callers with information and referrals to human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. refers to such services as help with utilities, rent, food pantries, clothing closets, clinics, etc.

AARP. Members above 50 receive many benefits and discounts. People under 50 can obtain an associate membership. Some discounts that require age qualifications are not available. However, many other discounts such as cruises, hotels, car rental, vision and legal services are available. Contact AARP representative for details.

Affordable Housing Online. Database to find housing. Public Housing Waiting Lists. Section 8 Waiting Lists.

Alliance on Aging. Organization provides resources to home care and nursing home resources.

Applying for Social Security DisabilityGet a Free Evaluation of your case from Allsup.

BenefitsCheckUp. Helps you learn about and sign up for valuable public and private programs that can save you money on your health care and prescription drugs. This includes the Extra Help through the Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage, State Pharmacy Assistance Programs, Company Patient Assistance Programs and other important federal and state programs.

Center for Improving Value in Healthcare. Resources. Non insurance price valuations for various health care services.

Community Action Partnership. (CAAs) help low-income families move out of poverty by offering a variety of programs, such as Head Start, energy assistance, financial education, transportation, emergency assistance and more. Find a CAA in your community.

Feeding America. Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.  Our mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. Includes a local Food Bank Search.

Food Pantry Locator. Ample Harvest provides a search engine to help locate a Food Pantry in your area.

Freecycle. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and neighborhoods. Over 8 million members around the world.

GoodRX Prescription Discount Card

Government Loan Resources from

How to Find Free Stuff on Craigslist Find free legal aid programs, information and forms for your state or territory.

OnSight. For more than 20 years, OneSight has been committed to providing clear vision to millions in need through the hand-delivery of primary vision care and eyewear.  They also donate millions of dollars to fund research towards the prevention of optical diseases.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA) is a professional association of over 4,200 attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to seniors and people with special needs. NAELA members assist their clients with public benefits, probate and estate planning, guardianship/conservatorship, and health and long-term care planning, among other important issues.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Access a list of Area Agencies on Aging in the US.

Network of Care. Network of Care is a highly interactive, single information place where consumers, community-based organizations and municipal government workers all can go to easily access a wide variety of important information.

OLIO App. We connect neighbours with each other and Food Waste Hero volunteers with local businesses, to share food (and other things) rather than chuck them away.

The Assistance Fund. Non profit dedicated to providing financial assistance to patients with serious and chronic illness. 

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance. Brings together America’s pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that’s right for them.

Patient Services Inc. Non profit patient assistance program

RESNA Catalyst Project. resources for Individuals with Disabilities and their Family Members. Statewide Assistive Technology Programs, Alternative Financing Programs, Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology.

Salvation Army. In this new century, The Salvation Army is serving more people in the USA than ever before. We are already seeing large increases in the number of Americans seeking the basic necessities of life – food, shelter, and warmth. More than 33 million people received help from The Salvation Army in 2004.

TrustMe Health. Answer five simple, but critical medical questions, contact person and a five other details. You will get a customized wallet card to print that shows medical practitioners how to access your medical information. Your medical essentials will be in their hands in case of emergency, hospitalization, etc.

Statistics and Resources

Disabilities/Limitations Statistics

~Number of persons with limitation(s) in usual activities due to chronic conditions: 34.3 million (2003). Percent of persons with limitation(s) in usual activities due to chronic conditions: 12.1 (2003)

Non-institutionalized adults

~Number of adults with hearing trouble: 30.8 million (2002). Percent of adults with hearing trouble: 15.0 (2002)
~Number of adults with vision trouble: 19.1 million (2002). Percent of adults with vision trouble: 9.3 (2002)
~Number of adults unable (or very difficult) to walk a quarter mile: 12.4 million (2002). Percent of adults unable (or very difficult) to walk a quarter mile: 6.2 (2002)
~Number of adults with any physical functioning difficulty: 28.3 million (2002). Percent of adults with moderate mobility difficulty:  13.8 (2002)

Non-institutionalized older adults

~Percent of adults aged 65 years and over who need help with personal care from other persons: 6.5 (2003)


~Number of children age 3-17 years ever told had a learning disability: 4.6 million (2003). Percent of children age 3-17 years ever told had a learning disability: 7.5 (2003)

More Data

~Limitation of activity caused by chronic conditions: United States, 1997-2002 Health, United States, 2004, table 56

~Nursing home residents 65 years of age and over, according to selected functional status and age, sex, and race:  United States, 1985, 1995, and 1999 Health, United States, 2004, table 100

American Journal of Public Health

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (Asthma Stats – Allergy Stats)

Auto Immune Disease in Women

Autoimmunity Named a Leading Cause of Death Among Women in New Study

Autoimmune diseases: a leading cause of death among young and middle-aged women in the United States (article)

Census Bureau: Americans with Disabilities 1992

Census Bureau: Americans with Disabilities 2002

Census Bureau: Current Population Reports 94-95

Census Bureau: Disability Reports and Briefs

Census Bureau: Disabilities Affect One-Fifth of All Americans

Census Bureau: Disability Data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)

Census Bureau: Disability Status 2000

Cornell University Disability Statistics

Disability and Health (CDC)

Disability Can Happen

Center for Research on Chronic Illness

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Data Statistics

Emerging Infectious Disease Journal

Health, United States 2004 Report

Interagency Committee on Disability Research

Limitations in Usual Activity, ADL, IADL and Work: Summary Health Statistics for the U.S. Health

Population: National Health Interview Survey, 2003. Overview -pages 4 and 5. Statistics page 10+ (report)

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDP)

National Center for Health Statistics

National Center for Health Statistics- Disabilities

National Health Interview Survey on Disability NHIS-D Report

National Institute of Nursing Research

National Institutes of Health Autoimmune Disease Research Plan

Partnership for Solutions (Chronic Conditions)

Statistics and Surveys on Disability

Summary Health Statistics for the U.S. Health Population: National Health Interview Survey, 2002

US Census Bureau

US Census Bureau- Disability

US Dept of Health and Human Services

Women With Disabilities

Women and Autoimmune Disease Article

Women’s Health Statistics

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